Post # 1
I want to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician, but I’m not sure what to do about school. I’ve tried researching this online, but everyone says something different. Several people recommended using a community college because vocational schools are more interested in making money than giving you the education you need. At least one person said I shouldn’t waste my time on school at all and should just read a textbook and take the PTCB exam.
Whatever I do, it needs to be something I can do online/at home because the only school within reasonable driving distance of where I live (a community college) doesn’t have a pharmacy tech program. I haven’t found any community colleges that offer pharmacy tech classes online. I have looked at Penn Foster Career School and CareerStep, but I’m not sure how reliable they are. Help!
Post # 3
I go to Fortis for this and I don’t recommend it. They are very much into getting all the money they can from you and care nothing about your education. I haven’t learned anything there that I didn’t already know.
There were several people that started with me that quit and went ahead and took the PTCB exam, passed and now have jobs. You could find some practice tests or get a book and see how well you do. The main thing is going to be knowing your trade and generic names, but you can get a drug list book from a bookstore for around $27.
ETA: I’m only still in school because I’m almost finished and didn’t know that I could have just gone and taken the PTCB.
Post # 4
I became a pharmacy tech while I was in college and held the license for a long time. I would never actually pay to go to school to be a pharmacy tech though. You can learn a lot just by starting at a pharmacy.